Would it really be a New Zealand event if it weren't tormented by bipolar weather? It's the end of February and the end of what is typically our hottest month here at the bottom of the globe. In the few weeks leading up to the 2018 New Zealand Downhill National Championship temps have been scorching and the trails have been getting blown out. The Nek Minute
though, ol' mate Cyclone Gita comes roaring through only three days before the start of the event, bringing with it 50+ CM of fresh snow.
With Cardrona Alpine Resort playing host to the pinnacle event of the national calendar, event organizers faced a lot of headaches when Jack Frost paid the highest ski resort in NZ a visit on Tuesday Night. With the dump came a whole new set of challenges, including how to get the track exposed and dried out. Not to fret though, the team at Bike Wanaka, Cardrona Bike Parks and a group of hardy volunteers dug it out whilst mother nature melted the rest away.
Come first tracks on Saturday morning though, amongst the pockets of white pow lay some of the best trail conditions riders have ever seen between the tape.
1st - Eddie Masters ( 2:51.09 )
2nd - Brook MacDonald ( 2:54.02 )
3rd - Matt Walker ( 2:55.50 )
1st - Kate Weatherly ( 3:27.93 )
2nd - Shania Rawson ( 3:40.59 )
3rd - Amy Cole ( 4:10.92 )